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RATINGS: 321   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 273   ABV: 9.1%
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Don’t be fooled by the label depicting a Grim Reaper Santa Claus in a sleigh pulled by skeletal reindeer - this is not a Christmas Ale. "Sleighor" is an Imperial India Pale Ale. The intense hop bitterness, flavor and aroma will dominate at first. To complement, the body has a complex blend of malt and alcohol flavors. The ABV is 9.1%, and the IBU’s are pushing the mid 80s. The entire family of Cascade hops is used. Cascade, Centennial and Columbus are spread throughout the boil, and a huge sack of Amarillo for dry hopping. The hop combination gives this brew a distinct profile true to its IPA roots. The presentation is clear copper with a thick tan head, coupled with billowing citrus and floral hop aroma. "Do You Dare" to enjoy this fine ale from the Reaper? Brewed at Sudwerk for ReaperAle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwalking05 (3707) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUN 5, 2010
Hazy amber red with a good sized off-white head. Aroma is of apple, malt, caramel, and bread dough. Taste is of dough, citrus, caramel, medium hop bitterness, lightly floral.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
JaBier (4854) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 25, 2010
Bottle sample at the Front Porch tasting. Pours a clear amber with a medium beige head. Caramel malt nose with earthy hops and a touch of tartness. Caramel malt and grainy flavor with earthy hops and a bit of tartness before an afterness I can only describe as potato.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Dogbrick (7973) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 20, 2010
Sample at the "Beer Tasting on the Front Porch". The beer pours a hazy amber color with a medium thick and foamy off-white head that recedes steadily. Small patches of lacing. Grainy malt and fruit aroma. Medium body with flavors of earthy and grainy malt, lightly floral hops and fruit. Another beer whose character makes me question the age. The finish is toffee and more grain. Barely average overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Arayaga2 (1778) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 5, 2010
Amber with a dimpled white head. Aroma is of tangerines and caramel malts, with an overall hint of creamsicle. Taste is an sweet and grapefruity with a slightly cloying excess of caramel malts, and a hint of lemony sourness in the finish. $6/22oz

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
daleharshman (903) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 4, 2010
Bomber from Holiday Wine Cellar ($5.99). One of the darker DIPA’s I’ve seen with a dark amber hue bordering on red. The two fingers of beige foam quickly dissipate. Aroma is on the weaker side but has some citric hoppiness. Flavor has a vegetable and somewhat earthy (as in dirt) flavor. Some citric hops are in there but it’s weak and the malt tones are just okay. I bought this a few months back -- maybe I let this sit for too long and the hops mellowed out too much. (308, 286)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ansermadide (1519) - Kyle, Texas, USA - MAY 2, 2010
Nice head! Semi-cloudy amber color. Moderately hoppy, sweet aroma. Smooth... smooth... very smooth. Bitter and thin, great actually.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (8241) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 29, 2010
Orange amber pour with off white head. Nose is floral and citrus with some earthy pines. Caramel malt taste with licorice and ginger undertones. Rated 10/5/08

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 22, 2010
Pours rusty orange with a lasting off-white head. Aroma of citrus, flowers, pine, brown sugar, and caramel. Pretty standard. Flavor is pretty malty upfront with more brown sugar, caramel, and a bit of white chocolate, but the hops are citrusy, earthy, astringent, bitter, and they seem a completely separate element from the malt. The beer finishes dry with burnt toast, grapefruit, earth, and leaves an astringent feeling on the throat. Full bodied, soft carbonation, creamy mouthfeel and low alcohol presence. Good mouthfeel, but otherwise this beer is a boring example of the style. I don’t regret trying it though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerbill (3377) - Laurel, New York, USA - FEB 19, 2010
22 oz. bottle courtesy of a trade with BMan1113VR. My first rating for this brewer. Pours a mostly clear amber with a moderate yellow/white head that lasted through the first quarter of the glass and left complete tight lace. Pleasant aroma of caramel, overripe orange, and grapefruit. The flavor is a little more over the top with the overripe orange than the aroma and is a tad too sweet, even for me. Caramel and grapefruit pith also present in the flavor. Medium bitterness at the finish. A bit disappointing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
brokensail (10795) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 11, 2010
A: The pour is a rich copper color with two fingers of white foam that quickly dissipates. Sadly, this is the best feature of the beer. S: Some slight pine to the aroma and quite a bit of malt. Disappointingly mild citrus. T: Much more malty than I would have hoped for/expected (more along the lines of a barleywine). I don’t often use this descriptor, but it’s very earthy--like dirt. M: The body is medium but the carbonation is somewhat low. D: This is another drain pour for me, I just couldn’t get overly the incredibly earthy taste of this beer.

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